Records fall at Selwyn Running Festival

UNDERWAY: Runners in the half marathon event make their way out of Leeston as the race begins.

A number of records fell in Leeston at the weekend as just under 400 runners and walkers took part in the Selwyn Running Festival.

The event, now in its seventh year, consisted of a half marathon, 10km, 5km and kids dash event.

The blistering sun and at times high winds didn’t slow the competition down, as record fell in both the men’s and women’s half marathon, as well as the men’s and women’s 10km races.

The festival attracted a large number of locals as well as some top runners from winder Canterbury as the event doubles as the Canterbury Athletics Half Marathon Championship.

“The pointy end of the race is usually well represented by those top runners. The event also really connects with our local runners, especially with the shorter races and the kids dash. It’s really great to have all the local schools involved,” said event organiser Michael Wilson.

The men’s half marathon title was defended by Timaru’s Samuel Wreford in a race record time of 1hr 7mins 50secs. He finished ahead of Sean Eustace and Lincoln’s Ieuan van der Peet.

The race record in the women’s half marathon was broken by Christchurch’s Angela Whyte, who finishing in a time of 1hr 24mins 40secs.

Oska Baynes (30mins 15secs), and Marisa Ruhter (37mins 33secs) won the men’s and women’s 10km races, also setting new race records. The 10km race started in Southbridge and finished in Leeston.

Results: Half marathon men:

Samuel Wreford, 1hr 7mins 50secs, 1; Sean Eustace 1hr 11mins 18secs, 2; Ieuan van der Peet, 1:11:38, 3.

Half marathon women:

Angela Whyte, 1hr 24mins 40secs, 1; Johanna Buick, 1hr 27mins 3secs, 2; Melanie Angland, 1hr 29mins 42secs, 3.

10km men:

Oska Baynes, 30mins 15secs, 1; Malcolm Cornelius, 36mins 58secs, 2; James Kafene, 37mins 43secs, 3.

10km women:

Marisa Ruhter, 37mins 33secs, 1; Rowyn Hocking, 42mins 3secs, 2; Gail Harvey-Heyward, 44mins 52secs, 3.

5km men:

Sam Harvey, 17mins 54secs, 1; Oliver Jones, 18mins 53secs, Samuel Jones, 19mins 13secs, 3.

5km women:

Emma Parke, 20mins 47secs, 1; Emily Bell 21mins 45secs, 2; Violet McMeeken 22mins 11secs.

Kids dash boys:

Jordan Rollo, 5mins 36secs, 1; Joshiah Early, 5mins 45secs, 2; Oliver Sewell, 5mins 48secs, 3.

Kids dash girls:

Eva Sewell, 5mins 49secs, 1; Lucia Gale, 6mins 1sec, 2; Tessa Tuffnell, 6mins 33secs.